Fantasy Terrain Kickstarter – Launching 27th June

That’s right, you’ve got just one week more to wait!

Our Fantasy Wargames Terrain Kickstarter launches next Thursday at 1pm BST.

This terrain is suitable for many popular 28-35mm miniatures games and RPGs, including Kings of War, Vanguard, A Song of Ice and Fire, D&D, Frostgrave, Mordheim, Warlords of Erehwon, Rangers of Shadow Deep, Age of Sigmar and more.

It is easy to assemble and there is no painting required! It can even be flat packed back into the box for easy storage between games. It is made of pre-printed super-high-density cardstock and is incredibly strong and durable.

To keep it simple we will have just one core pledge level. The Fantasy Gaming Table pledge will get you all the terrain you need for a complete gaming board for just £75. You can tightly pack the terrain into a 3′ x 3′ / 90cm x 90cm skirmish board, or spread it out over a 6′ x 4′ / 180cm x 120cm battlefield for wargaming.

Depending on your preference there will be two different themes to choose from – Village and Battlefield. Of course if you want both you can just pick up two pledges!

We will also have club pledges available with multiple sets at a discount, and retailer pledges with great benefits for the stores. Let your FLGS know about the KS to get them involved.

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Example of the Village set on a 3×3 gaming area

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Example of the Battlefield set on a 6×4 gaming area

Battle Systems terrain is modular so you’re not limited to just what you can see in the pictures. The wall sections can be assembled in any combination using our plastic clips, so if you want to build your ruins into a different shape, or add an extra floor to a house, go ahead!

The components are all fully detailed on both sides. Skirmish gamers and RPG players will appreciate that the buildings therefore have fully detailed interiors. All roofs and upper floors are designed to lift straight off so you can access the insides for gaming. When you’re done with your bar fight you can head back outside and the roof will sit neatly back onto the building.

For those of you familiar with our previous terrain, there are a few innovations with this new range that make a big difference.

Primarily, the curves that we’ve incorporated into the roofs of the houses and the rough edges on the ruins give the terrain a much more natural look. We’ve also done a lot of work on the textures to create a 3D look on the wooden detailing, brickwork and roof tiles. These additions instantly make the table more immersive and most people would never believe that it’s made of cardboard!

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Example of the Village set on a 6×4 gaming area

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Example of the Battlefield set on a 3×3 gaming area

Like all our Kickstarters your pledge will be filled out with upgrades and freebies unlocked by stretch goals throughout the campaign – the images above are just the starting points! We’ve got loads of exciting stuff planned including Ruined Houses, a Wizard’s Tower, and maybe even a whole new pledge theme!

Of course we need your help to get there so hopefully we’ll see you all on the KS next week – your support will be very much appreciated!

To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up to our newsletter HERE and we’ll send you an email when the campaign goes live.

Until then, happy gaming!

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Mission Monday #05 – Privacy Concerns

Mission Monday has arrived again! In case you missed the last one, Mission Mondays are where we will be releasing brand new narrative missions for Core Space to download for free.

Mission Mondays will return on a regular basis. To stay up to date with the latest game content makes sure you subscribe to this blog (link in the bottom right corner) and sign up to our newsletter HERE.

Privacy Concerns

This time we’re going to highlight one of the key features of the Deluxe Rulebook – the guidelines for designing your own missions!

As well as taking you step-by-step through designing your own scenarios for the game, the book also includes some pre-generated maps that can be used as a starting point. For this mission we’ve taken example map no. 5 from page 65 and assigned a narrative to it.

 

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The large room in the bottom half of the map is crying out to be a focal point of the mission so we decided that getting there would be part of the objective. There are also some Civilians in that big office at the start of the game that could be related to our traders’ goal. The map doesn’t feel like a ship to me, but does make sense as an office complex. With these ideas as a starting point we need to fit a narrative around them, and where better to find a story than the real world! We took a topical theme and ran with it.

So, in this mission the Traders must infiltrate an office building belonging to one of the biggest tech corporations in the sector. There are rumours that the CEO has been dabbling in new AI technology, but not all is above board… The GCC believe that the massive amount of data required to run this new system is being harvested from unwitting civilians; reviewing their personal calls, private messages and social media without their consent. The GCC do not have the political clout to investigate without proof, but Trader crews have no such concerns!

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Florence is the Trader term for Universal Assets (UA), Galactic Credits or indeed any form of currency. It is a slang word  derived from the term cashflow, leading to the well-known Trader phrase, “to go with the ‘Flo”, in other words to always follow the money. Many Trader captains carry old coins in a superstitious belief that it will help them navigate the dangers of Core Space.

With the story in place, the rest was easy. The rules for the CEO were added using standard rules from the book – Interacting with terrain and Moving Objects – and the tech prototypes and lack of weaponry were added for a bit of flavour. Seeing as weapons make up the majority of the token pool, removing them from the equation will make this mission far more interesting – there’s a chance to pick up some kit that would be otherwise hard to find, but you need to be tooled up with weapons in advance if you want to survive!

The final step was balance and fairness, hence the Secure Facility rule. This was added to give the Traders a chance to get to the CEO before the Purge did – it wouldn’t be much fun otherwise!

This mission uses two sets of terrain, so you will need an additional Cyberpunk Core Set. You’ll also need an additional crew (any will do) to use as Civilians. Don’t forget that with 4-6 crews in play you should add two pegs to the Hostility Tracker each round, and we recommend that you use the Purge Reinforcements pack too.

Download the mission HERE.

Let us know how your games go in the comments below!

UK Games Expo 2019

We spent last weekend at UK Games Expo 2019 where much fun was had by all! If you haven’t been before make sure you check it out next year – there’s a great mix of board gaming and wargaming with loads of interesting stands and exciting products.

The show was really successful for us – it’s great to get a chance to talk to our customers face to face and we had lots of excellent conversations. We also had exclusive show deals, the Core Space range available to buy, demos running all weekend, and of course our new Fantasy range on display!

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As a result of some of our conversations you should soon see our products popping up in more retailers. We also had some great chats with suppliers who will allow us to develop some exciting new products in the future.

New Releases

Our cabinet was also full of our latest releases. Don’t forget that the Purge Outbreak expansion for Core Space is released this month along with the Purge Reinforcements pack. We had them available at the show and they were very popular.

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Purge Annihilator from the Outbreak expansion and Harvesters from the Reinforcements pack

As for our terrain, if you haven’t yet seen our Gothic Ruins or Engineering Sector they are available to pre-order now along with the rest of our relaunched Sci-fi Range!

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Gothic Ruins

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Engineering Sector

Fantasy Wargames Terrain

Our new range was on display and went down a storm, with everyone really excited for the KS. We filled out a 6×4 table with everything we had finished for the show and it looked incredible – we’re really proud of this new range. The added curves to the roofs and rough edges to the ruins give it a more natural look than our other ranges which really suits the fantasy setting. Colin’s outdone himself with the textures too – everyone kept stroking the roofs of the houses to see if the tiles were 3D!

A single pledge on the upcoming KS will get you enough terrain for a full gaming table, whether you keep it densely packed for a 3×3 skirmish table or spread it out for a more open 6×4 wargames table. As a rough guideline a pledge will give you about two thirds of what we had on display, but we’ll be back next week with more details on exactly what you get.

Enough of my rambling, here are some photos:

Big thanks to Mantic Games for letting us borrow their excellent minis for the display.

Core Space Demos

When you’re getting into a new game it’s always useful to have someone show you the ropes. Our demo tables were packed all weekend, with some people seeing the game for the first time, and others who’d picked it up elsewhere stopping by for a tutorial. It wasn’t just our stand that was busy with Core Space either – some of our retail partners brought the game with them too, and promptly sold out.

I want to say thanks to our demo team Drew and Rob for tirelessly showing off what Core Space is all about – tense, narrative missions with simple mechanics.

We took some remaining Kickstarter editions with us and they proved so popular that we completely sold out! We do have a small number left in the warehouse however. If you’ve been meaning to pick up the game and fancy a load of bonus stuff the KS edition is available for £130 plus shipping, with a retail value of over £200. If you want one email customerservice@battlesystems.co.uk and we will sort you out on a first come, first served basis while stocks last.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by – it was great to meet you. We’re looking forward to doing it all again at our next show, Essen Spiel 2019.

In the meantime, if you want to find out more about our Fantasy Terrain, sign up to our newsletter HERE.

Until next time, happy gaming!